Police investigating marijuana connection in Thanksgiving homicide

Jimmy Shopteese
Jimmy Shopteese

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Wichita police continue to investigate a homicide that occurred early Thanksgiving morning on the city’s south side. It happened in the 1900 block of East Pawnee.

At around 1:45 a.m. police arrived and found 15-year-old Jimmy Shopteese shot in the back in the Burger King parking lot. Another 13-year-old boy was with Shopteese. Shopteese was transported to the hospital where he died from his injuries.

Wichita police learned the 13 and 15-year-old had arranged to meet some people in the parking lot of a laundromat. Three people left in a car. Police said they arrested a 24-year-old man and another 15-year-old man in connection to the shooting. They are still looking for a third suspect.

According to jail booking sheets, the man arrested is identified as Darien L. Freeman. The juvenile isn’t being named.

Darien Freeman

“We are working out the exact details on how the shooting occurred,” said Lt. Jason Stephens. “The victim and 13-year-old male ran to a nearby business across the street where 911 was called.”

Stephens added that there appears to be a connection to marijuana. The shooting marks the thirtieth homicide in Wichita this year.